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Clear up Fallout 4's stuttering frame rate on Xbox One with an external hard drive

If you're getting frustrated by frequent frame-rate stutters in Fallout 4 (opens in new tab) on Xbox One, you may want to try an external hard drive. According to multiple tests run by Digital Foundry, running Fallout 4 off of a speedier drive can smooth out some areas of otherwise uneven performance.

The best results come from running the game off of an external solid-state drive, which eliminates the "micro stutters" that stop you in your tracks when loading new parts of the Commonwealth or switching weapons. If you don't want to pay up for an expensive external SSD, you should also see some improvements from running the game off of a 7200 RPM external HDD.

Keep in mind that Bethesda will hopefully sort out many of these performance issues through post-launch updates - it took a while for Skyrim to shake off the launch jitters on console, too. But if you're too enamored with dressing up Dogmeat (opens in new tab) to wait for an update, these tips should help in the meantime.

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Connor Sheridan
Connor Sheridan

I got a BA in journalism from Central Michigan University - though the best education I received there was from CM Life, its student-run newspaper. Long before that, I started pursuing my degree in video games by bugging my older brother to let me play Zelda on the Super Nintendo. I've previously been a news intern for GameSpot, a news writer for CVG, and now I'm a staff writer here at GamesRadar.